Stephen Fry has thanked the “warm, caring majority” who contacted him after he revealed he had attempted suicide last year while making a documentary about homophobia.

Writing on his website, Fry said “the outburst of sympathy and support that followed my confession” had touched him “very deeply”.

“Most people, a surging, warm, caring majority, have been kind. Almost too kind.

“There’s something a little flustering and embarrassing when a taxi-driver shakes you by the hand, looks deep into your eyes and says ‘You look after yourself, mate, yes? Promise me?’”

“I am writing this for any of you out there who are lonely too,” he said.

“I am luckier than many of you because I am lonely in a crowd of people who are mostly very nice to me and appear to be pleased to meet me. But I want you to know that you are not alone in your being alone.

“Loneliness is not much written about… but humankind is a social species and maybe it’s something we should think about more than we do.”

The 55-year-old gay actor and comedian, who has bipolar disorder, disclosed details of his suicide attempt during an interview to fellow comedian Richard Herring on 3 June.

Fry first thanked his fans earlier this month in a short tweet soon after the revelations were made public by saying: “Thank you all for your concern. As Pres of @mindcharity I could only tell truth if asked directly. Now fine. On good meds. Love to you all x”